A Massachusetts prosecutor is slated to succeed a retiring magistrate judge on the state’s U.S. District Court, The Boston Globe reported.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Boal, an almost 20-year veteran of the Justice Department, is the chief of her office’s civil division. She will replace Magistrate Judge Joyce London Alexander.
“Ms. Boal emerged from a very impressive field of well-qualified candidates,” Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf said in a statement. “She was distinguished by her demonstrated dedication to the administration of justice, and by the skill and fine judgment she displayed in her many cases before the judges who selected her.”
Wolf has been critical of another prosecutor in the Boston-based U.S. Attorney’s office who Wolf said had withheld evidence that could have been helpful to a defendant in a gun case. Earlier this month, Wolf used the installation ceremony of new U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz to question the office’s priorities.